Winter skills films series one: The Basics

Posted by Carey Davies on 29/01/2015
Watch and learn from the winter pros.

Confused by crampons? Hacked off by axes? Afraid of avalanches? In association with the Association of Mountain Instructors, Lowe Alpine and DMM, BMC TV presents the first in our series of winter skills videos to help you get it white.

The hills in their snowy winter garb are beautiful and exciting, but they also pose hazards you don’t have to contend with in more clement conditions.

So how do you deal with sub-zero temperatures, slopes of hard névé, cornices, avalanche hazards or whiteouts? One of the best ways to get this knowledge is to take a winter skills course like the BMC-subsidised Winter Skills in Wales weekends. There is no substitute for having skills and knowledge imparted face-to-face by an experienced instructor.

But we all need a refresher from time to time, so to help you reinforce your skills we have teamed up with the Association of Mountain Instructors (AMI), Lowe Alpine and DMM to produce this new series of instructional winter videos.

Filmed in harsh winter conditions at Glenmore Lodge, they feature AMI instructors taking you through a raft of winter basics, from matching up boots and crampons to being aware of avalanche hazard on the hills.

Watch, learn, and above all, have fun!

This series is the first in our range of winter skills videos. If you want to skip ahead just follow the links below.

WATCH: Winter skills series two: the basics part deux

WATCH: Winter skills series three: climbing grade I/II

WATCH: Winter skills series four: grade III

 

Or watch them all in our YouTube winter playlist

Winter skills series one

WATCH: Choosing winter boots and crampons on BMC TV

WATCH: Kit: what's different in winter, on BMC TV

WATCH: How to choose an ice axe, on BMC TV

WATCH: How to carry an ice axe, on BMC TV

WATCH: Conditions and weather, on BMC TV

WATCH: Route choice: what's different in winter, on BMC TV

WATCH: Kicking steps and an introduction to self-arrest, on BMC TV

WATCH: Winter navigation tips, on BMC TV

WATCH: Travelling in the winter hills, on BMC TV

Check out our Essential Winter Know How here


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Calling all winter warriors – share your winter journey to join our amazing competition. Want to find out how to win free stuff with your polar pics? Read on.

Over the whole of winter, starting in November, the BMC and Lowe Alpine are running an immense competition that you don't want to miss.

If you've a penchant for snowy slopes, frosty escapades, or dicey ice adventures, make sure to take some epic snaps or short videos along the way. Then, when you return to your hero's welcome, share your winter journey with us via social media with the right hashtag to enter our fantastic monthly prize draw.

There'll be a final grand prize in February of two nights and one day out walking or climbing with world-class British mountaineer Andy Cave.

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Watch and learn: BMC TV's Winter Skills Videos

Become a winter warrior with BMC TV's skills channel. Watch our series of educational winter videos:

Series one: The Basics

Series two: The Basics Part Deux

Series three: Climbing Grade I/II

Series four: Time to get technical

WATCH: Climbing and protecting steeper mixed ground

READ: Essential winter know-how


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